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What's NEW!

Welcome New EMG Coordinator

We are thrilled to announce our new UVM Extension Master Gardener coordinator, Deb Heleba! Deb has worked in Extension agriculture for over 30 years starting with the Apple Team in PSS. She has worked for a number of farming projects including the Women’s Ag Network, Land Link Vermont, New Farmer Network, Northwest Crops and Soils Program, and eOrganic (a national eXtension program that provides certified organic agriculture information). She is currently transitioning to our program from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), a regional USDA-funded competitive grants program, where she’s been working as the communications specialist. Deb will be bringing experience in on-line educational programs for adults, public communications, program evaluation and web management to our team. She is looking forward to joining our popular statewide Master Gardener program and will officially begin her duties on January 4, 2022.

Course Postponed

To give Deb a chance to learn the ins and outs of the Master Gardener Program when she comes on board in the new year, we made a difficult decision – we will not be offering a Master Gardener course in 2022. Instead, we will use this time of transition as a valuable opportunity to take a step back and review the program, visit with our volunteers, gather your feedback, and with input from our volunteers, colleagues and partners, strategize ways to improve the program, provide you with the best service possible and develop new education, training and volunteer opportunities! The next EMG course will be offered in 2023. Lisa will continue to maintain a mailing list of those interested in taking the course in 2023. Once Deb has started we will reach out for input from all of you!




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New! Pollinator E-Book Check it out!



Updates from the Plant

Diagnostic Clinic

Ann Hazelrigg, Plant Pathologist,

UVM Extension

Ann discusses common household insect pests

you might find in the fall.

Read About it Here!


Quinlan Bridge Garden Video: 

EMG Julia Parker-Dickerson has created several pollinator gardens in and around Charlotte. This video features the garden on a triangle of land located near the Quinlan covered bridge, along with information on the importance of building pollinator habitat. Watch Here!

Want to take a deep dive into pollinators? Check out our 

self-paced, multi-module,

Pollinator Course.

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School Based

Pollinator Gardens:

Madeline Chamberlain, EMG Intern, is facilitating the development of a pollinator toolkit of resources for teachers to use in school gardens.

Two special sessions to receive input on what sorts of resources would be helpful at primary and secondary schools with gardens are being offered this fall:

Monday, Nov 15 & Dec 6 at 7 pm

Discussions will center on what school based EMG project leaders are currently doing to teach students or support teachers to teach about pollinators and what types of resources would be helpful to teachers and project leaders. 

ZOOM Link for School Based Pollinator Gardens meeting:

Meeting ID: 627 560 9302

Passcode: garden


Join Us

Master Gardener

Annual Conference


November 5 & 6 - Deadline is Thursday!

The Garden as a Place of Collaboration, Stewardship & Connection

A conference for everyone who loves to garden in Vermont and beyond, providing advanced education for UVM Extension Master Gardeners and garden enthusiasts!


Register Today!


Volunteer Spotlight

Marge Westphal,

Master Gardener Class of 1997 Northwest Chapter

1835 volunteer hours

Thanks for your continued support for the Master Gardener Program!

Read More Here

Other Items of Interest

Farm to Plate Gathering Registration Now Open!

Register now for this year's Vermont Farm to Plate Network Annual Gathering (November 18-19/Virtual Event)! Join us as we kick off implementation of the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030! Offering registration scholarships for farmers/producers/BIPOC!

Register Here

Vertical Farming Survey!!

Help Taylor Johnson, with his North Dakota FFA Agriscience Research Project by filling out this survey. He is studying the public's perception of vertical farming and is hoping to collect as many out-of-state responses for his project. Please take a couple of minutes to help a future young agriculturist!

Survey Here!

UVM Extension Contributors

Ann Hazelrigg - Plant Pathologist

Lisa Chouinard - Office & Program Support

Cindy Heath - Volunteer Coordinator




Community Horticulture Program

Burlington, VT 05405

(802) 656-9562

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